Atlanta Bible Students

The Book of Matthew

Chapter 26

[1] And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, [2] Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. [3] Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, [4] And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. [5] But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

Verse 1  Expanded Bible Comments

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
QuestionAnswer
"And it came to pass.." What does this phrase tell us? That some period of time (short or long) has passed.
"When Jesus had finished all these sayings.." What are "these sayings?" Those of Our Lord's Great Prophecy – Chapters 24 and 25.
To whom did Jesus address his remarks? "Unto his disciples."

Verse 2  Expanded Bible Comments

Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread.. Mark 14:1
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. Luke 22:1
QuestionAnswer
Comparing the 3 accounts above, what was it that was coming after two days? Matt"the feast of the passover."
Mark – "the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread."
Luke – "the feast of unleavened bread.. which is called the Passover."
Is this talking of "the Passover," or "the feast of unleavened bread," or both being on the same day? – "the feast of unleavened bread.. which is called the Passover." Lev. 23:5-6; Num. 28:16-17
When exactly is "after two days?" Because in Matt. 26:2 Jesus added "and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified," it becomes clear that the "two days off refers to the 14th of Nisan, as that is the day when Jesus was crucified. These words were spoken on the 12th of Nisan.

Verses 3-4  Expanded Bible Comments

Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, [4] And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.
QuestionAnswer
When (what day of the week) is "then?" By comparing the Matthew, Mark and Luke accounts it becomes clear (from Luke 22:1-6) that this conspiracy was hatched after sunset, thus Wednesday night, beginning of Nisan 13.
Who were involved in this conspiracy? The chief priests, the scribes, the elders, and Caiaphas the high priest.
What do these men all have in common? They were the leaders in the Jewish community and every one of them had to know that this was against the Law of God.
What did these men plan to do? "That they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him."

Verse 5  Expanded Bible Comments

But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
QuestionAnswer
"Not on the feast day." What "feast day?" This had to be "the feast of unleavened bread." When we take into account the Passover was on the 14th of Nisan and was followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th, it is clear that the Jews were concerned with the 15th. (Lev. 23:5-6) Jesus was crucified on the 14th. They did not want our Lord's body to remain on the cross during the Sabbath day (Saturday) and that Sabbath was a "high Sabbath," i.e., it was also the feast of Unleavened bread. John 19:31
What were they concerned about? That if Jesus was crucified "on the feast day" the people would be in an uproar.
What did they appear NOT to be concerned about? That they were committing Murder, directly violating the Law of God.

[6] Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, [7] There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. [8] But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? [9] For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. [10] When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. [11] For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. [12] For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. [13] Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

Verses 6-7  Expanded Bible Comments

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, [7] There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
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Is there any significance to the fact that Jesus was in the house of a leper? The Jews associated leprosy with sin. For a religious Jew at that time to be seen in the company of lepers was quite unusual. This is yet another reminder to us that Jesus was indeed a friend of sinners. Matt. 11:19; Luke 7:34
Do we know what woman did this? Mary, the sister of Martha. John 12:2-3.
What did the woman have with her?
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What was in the box? "Very precious ointmen."
What did she do with it? She poured it on Jesus' head "as he sat at meat."

Verses 8-9  Expanded Bible Comments

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? [9] For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
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How did the disciples react when they saw this? "They had indignation."
What was the basis of their reasoning? That the ointment could have been sold and the profits used to help the poor, i.e., used in a "good work." The Lord's people are often told that they should be doing some "good work" rather than learning about the Truth and assisting the brethren in the developing the character-likeness of the Master.
Did all the disciples react the same way? The Matthew and Luke accounts make no distinction between them, but John points out only Judas. No doubt Judas, for selfish reasons, was the instigator. Please see R2744

Verses 10-11  Expanded Bible Comments

When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. [11] For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
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Why did the disciples "trouble the woman?" Because Judas had convinced them that what she did was a great waste.
How did Jesus view her actions? Jesus called it "a good work upon me." This is where we get a good lesson.
Before explaining about his burial, what lesson did Jesus give his disciples about "good works." There is always some good work that could be done for the world, but that is not to be the focus of our lives. The work of helping mankind is the future work of the Kingdom. Our attention now should be upon the Lord's people. "Let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Gal. 6:10

Verses 12-13  Expanded Bible Comments

For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. [13] Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
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What was the reason Mary poured this expensive ointment upon Jesus? "She did it for my burial." Her motivation was her great love for Jesus.
Did Mary fully realize the significance of what she was doing? Perhaps Mary was more attentive to our Lord's words about his eminent death and thus she may have suspected that this was indeed anointing his body for burial. If that be so or not, Mary had great love for the Master. Not only because he had brought her brother Lazurus from the dead but also she had sat at Jesus' feet and learned of Him. Luke 10:38-42
Is it true that wherever the Gospel has gone, this deed of Mary's has also been told? Yes it has. It is recorded in the books of Matthew (26:6-13), Mark (14:3-9) and John (12:2-8.)

[14] Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, [15] And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. [16] And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

Versed 14-16  Expanded Bible Comments

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, [15] And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. [16] And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
Word/PhraseAnswer
Verses 14-16 are all referenced from Expanded Bible Comments
Then No doubt reasoning that, since Jesus was about to die, he might as well sell the Lord and get what he could out of the transaction. R3878
Judas Iscariot The very one who had objected to Mary's act of love and devotion. R2744, R3878 Representing some who, for earthly advantage for themselves, are willing to deliver other members of the Lord's Body up to tribulation, adversity and reproach. R3366

Judas hailed from the south of Palestine, while the other eleven of Jesus' disciples were Galileans. R5552

It is inferred that, because of superior business qualities, Judas was made treasurer of the apostolic company. R5552

Critical of the Master and fault-finding. From his standpoint, Jesus was carrying on the campaign for the throne in an improper manner. R4487

Made acquainted with the heavenly gift and the powers of the age to come (Heb. 6:4,5) not by direct reception of the spirit, but by the indirect blessing which came upon the twelve through our Lord's special impartation to them. R4488; Q382:3, Q639:1

He had justification through faith; he had accepted the Lord as the Messiah. Q639:1

We find no reason for believing that Judas was a bad man at the time of his selection by Jesus to be one of the twelve apostles. R5552, R3887
I will deliver him It was not compulsion on Judas' part, not his duty. Q382:1
Covenanted with him It would appear from the Greek text and the Revised Version that Judas received the money for his work in advance. R2745 The murder of Jesus was plotted in advance. R5561
Thirty pieces of silver The price of a slave. "So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver." (Zech. 11:12) R2745

Those who teach for money that which they know is not the truth have the Judas spirit. R2779

Doubtless Judas reasoned that he could make the money out of the transaction without working any injury to the Lord. R4488 Which, on the basis of labor, amounted to between $200 and $300 in value. R5552

It was not merely the thirty pieces that influenced the ingrate. Rather, it was pride. He had thought to be associated with the Master in an earthly throne. R4708

No doubt others today, willing less directly to sell the Lord for earthly advantages or influence or money, find ways of excusing their perfidy. R2745
To betray him While the Master himself cannot be betrayed today for pieces of silver, "his brethren" can be thus dealt with. R4488

"Mine Own Familiar Friend hath Lifted up his Heel Against Me" R4906-R4908

[17] Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? [18] And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. [19] And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

Verse 17  Expanded Bible Comments

Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
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When exactly is "the feast of unleavened bread?" Is it on the 14th or the 15th of Nisan (Abib)? Lev. 23:5-6
How does this compare with.. Exo. 12:12-18
What did the disciples ask of Jesus? Where shall we prepare to eat the Passover.
Why is this important to us? Because it was the Passover and not something that looked like the Passover but was actually something else. Additionally we recognize that Jesus' celebration of the Passover was a requirement under the law and that from the emblems associated with the Passover He created the Memorial of His death, which we celebrate on its anniversary. Compare Mark 14:12-16
Strong's (Greek NT WH+)
τη G3588 the
δε G1161 now
πρωτη G4413 first
των G3588 the
αζυμων G106 unleavened
προσηλθον G4334 approached
οι G3588 the
μαθηται G3101 disciples
τω G3588 the
ιησου G2424 Jesus
λεγοντες G3004 related by words
που G4226 where
θελεις G2309 will
ετοιμασωμεν G2090 prepare
σοι G4771 thou
φαγειν G5315 eat
το G3588 the
πασχα G3957 Passover

Verse 18  Expanded Bible Comments

And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
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Jesus said "Go into the city.." Do we know who he sent? Luke 22:8
"To such a man.." What does that mean? Compare Mark 14:13; Luke 22:10
What would be the significance of "a man.. bearing a pitcher of water?" In those days, that was considered "woman's work." We suggest that this part of the picture was specially arranged for the saints living at the end of the Gospel Age. The "man" bearing a pitcher of "water" pictures Pastor Russell bearing the truth (water), as opposed to a woman (a church) doing this.
"My time is at hand." Who among the close followers of Jesus really seemed to grasp the import of these words? Mary (sister of Martha,) as indicated by her anointing of Jesus earlier.
"My time is at hand." Might there be another reason for Jesus uttering these words? In Rev. 1:3 we are told that a special blessing is available only to those who have reached the point when "the time is at hand." Compare Rev. 22:10
Was Jesus telling the truth when He instructed his disciples: "I will keep the Passover?" Of course he was telling the truth.
Why even ask the above question? Because there is a teaching among some Bible Students that this "last supper" was NOT a Passover meal. If it was NOT a Passover meal and Jesus said it was a Passover meal, then it would appear that he lied about it. According to the prophetic description of our Lord, "neither was any deceit in his mouth." Isa. 53:9
Was Jesus being presumptous by stating that He and his disciples would share the Passover at this man's house, i.e., was He imposing upon the man? R1800:14

Verse 19  Expanded Bible Comments

And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
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Did the disciples do as Jesus instructed? Yes.
What did the disciples do? "They made ready the Passover." – Not an imitation of the Passover but the Passover.

[20] Now when the evening was come, he sat down with the twelve. [21] And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. [22] And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? [23] And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. [24] The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. [25] Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

Verse 20  Expanded Bible Comments

Now when the evening was come, he sat down with the twelve.
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What is the importance of "when the evening was come?" Because it indicates that it was now the next day, i.e., it was now the fourteenth of Nisan (Jewish day beginning at sunset.)
Who were with Jesus at the meal? The Twelve. If others of the company were also present (Mary, Martha..) we are not told. The important point was that it was the twelve.

Verse 21  Expanded Bible Comments

And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
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What was the startling message that Jesus told His disciples? "One of you shall betray me."
When did He tell them this? "As they did eat?"

Verse 22  Expanded Bible Comments

And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
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How did the disciples react when hearing that one of them would betray him? "They were exceeding sorrowful."
What question did they ask of him? "Is it I?"
Did Judas ask this question? Yes. "Every one of them."

Verses 23-24  Expanded Bible Comments

And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. [24] The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
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Did Jesus reveal to all who would betray him? No.
Who dipped his hand in the dish with Jesus? We are told it was Judas but it may also have been others. We are simply not informed.
"As it is written of him." Where is it so written? Psa. 109:6-8
How do we understand the words of Jesus from "woe" to the end of verse 24? R1962

Verse 25  Expanded Bible Comments

Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
QuestionAnswer
Why did Judas ask "is it I?" Was he challenging Jesus' knowledge? To not ask might have made him stand out amongst the twelve and all of them would then know that he was the traitor.
What is the meaning of Jesus' words: "thou hast said." Yes Judas. You are the traitor.

[26] And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. [27] And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; [28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. [29] But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

Verse 26  Expanded Bible Comments

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
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"As they were eating.." What does this phrase tell us? That they were still eating the Passover supper.
"Jesus took bread.. and said, Take, eat; this is my body." Luke 22:19 says: "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me." What is the primary significance of the "bread?" SM563
What class of believers are invited to join in this primary significance of eating the bread? In its primary sense, all believers.
What is the deeper significance of the bread? It shows the church's participation in the Sin-Offering, having our earthly lives sacrificially crushed, as did our Lord.
What class of believers are invited to join in this deeper significance of eathing the bread? The spirit begotten.

Verses 27-28  Expanded Bible Comments

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; [28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
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What followed the blessing and eating of the unleavened bread? The blessing and drinking of the cup.
What is meant by "the new testament?" The New Covenant (as opposed to the Old (Law) Covenant.
What is meant by "my blood of the new testament?" Lev. 17:14 By saying "my blood," Jesus was indicating that his life was shed sacrificially in order to seal the New Covenant.
According to this verse, why was the blood of Jesus shed? For the remission of sins of the many, i.e., of all the willing of mankind.
What is the primary significance of the cup? It pictures Jesus' life being poured out in sacrifice. While this involves the Ransom, the focus here is his life being sacrificed during the 3½ years of his earthly ministry, i.e., the sin-offering. Isa. 53:10
What is the deeper significance of the cup? The grapes loose their individuality by being crushed to produce the juice. So the church looses her individuality to become part of the sin-offering.
What is meant by "Drink ye all of it?" R3880 This is our Lord inviting the church to participate with Him in the sin-offering.

Verse 29  Expanded Bible Comments

But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
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Why did Jesus say that he would not drink of the fruit of the vine until "my Father's kingdom?" Did He mean that there would be drinking in the Kingdom? R3365
He also said "that day when I drink.." Was He speaking of a particular day? And how long would be that day, 24 hours? Yes He was. That "day" is the Millennial Day of 1,000 years, "the Day of the Lord." 2 Pet. 3:8
What does it mean to "drink it new" in the kingdom? R1695

Verse 30  Expanded Bible Comments

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
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What did they do next? Sang a hymn and went to the mount of Olives.

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[31] Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. [32] But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. [33] Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. [34] Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. [35] Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Verse 31  Expanded Bible Comments

Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
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"All ye shall be offended because of me.." What does this mean? Various ways translated:
kjv, jub, murdock, rv, webster, - offended because of me
bbe - be turned away from me
cev - reject me
darby, rvic - offended in me
drb - be scandalized in me
emtv - made to stumble because of me
erv - lose your faith in me
esv, leb - fall away because of me
gnb - run away and leave me
gw - abandon me
isv - turn against me
roth - find cause of stumbling in me
wnt - stumble and fail
ylt, diag - be stumbled
"It is written.." Where is it written? Zech. 13:7
Does the quoted verse apply exclusively to Jesus?
Who are the sheep and what happens to them? John 10:14,27

Verse 32  Expanded Bible Comments

But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
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Did any of His disciples seem to notice His declaration here that He would rise from the dead?

Verse 33  Expanded Bible Comments

Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
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What was Peter's reaction to our Lord's statement?

Verse 34  Expanded Bible Comments

Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
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Was Jesus being cruel to Peter by telling him that he would 3 times deny Jesus before morning? Please explain why Jesus said this?

Verse 35  Expanded Bible Comments

Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
QuestionAnswer
What was the degree of Peter's stated determination to stand with our Lord?
How did the other disciples respond?

[36] Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. [37] And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. [38] Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. [39] And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. [40] And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? [41] Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. [42] He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. [43] And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. [44] And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. [45] Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. [46] Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

Verse 36  Expanded Bible Comments

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
QuestionAnswer
"A place called Gethsemane." What kind of a place was this?
Why did Jesus tell his disciples to remain in one place while he went to another place?

Verse 37  Expanded Bible Comments

And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
QuestionAnswer
Why did Jesus take Peter with him?
Why did Jesus take with him "the two sons of Zebedee?" Mark 3:17
How did Jesus feel at that time?

Verse 38  Expanded Bible Comments

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
QuestionAnswer
Why was Jesus "sorrowful, even unto death?" Isn't that the reason (to die) that He came to earth?
What did Jesus request of Peter, James and John?

Verse 39  Expanded Bible Comments

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
QuestionAnswer
Why did Jesus go "a little farther?"
Why did He fall on his face?
What did Jesus mean by "Let this cup pass from me?" See Expanded Bible Comments under "let this cup."
What did Jesus demand of His Father?

Verse 40  Expanded Bible Comments

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
QuestionAnswer
See also Mark 14:37-38
In what condition did Jesus find his disciples?
What did he say?
Why did he single out Peter?

Verse 41  Expanded Bible Comments

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
QuestionAnswer
Are we to "watch" or to "pray?"
What is the purpose of following this instruction from the Lord?
What is meant by "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak?"

Verse 42  Expanded Bible Comments

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
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Verse 43  Expanded Bible Comments

And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
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Verse 44  Expanded Bible Comments

And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
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Verse 45  Expanded Bible Comments

Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
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Verse 46  Expanded Bible Comments

Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
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[47] And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. [48] Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. [49] And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. [50] And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. [51] And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. [52] Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. [53] Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? [54] But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? [55] In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. [56] But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Verse 47  Expanded Bible Comments

And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
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Verse 48  Expanded Bible Comments

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
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Verse 49  Expanded Bible Comments

And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
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Verse 50  Expanded Bible Comments

And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
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Verse 51  Expanded Bible Comments

And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
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Verse 52  Expanded Bible Comments

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
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Verse 53  Expanded Bible Comments

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
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Verse 54  Expanded Bible Comments

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
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Verse 55  Expanded Bible Comments

In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
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Verse 56  Expanded Bible Comments

But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
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[57] And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. [58] But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. [59] Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; [60] But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, [61] And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. [62] And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? [63] But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. [64] Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. [65] Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. [66] What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. [67] Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, [68] Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

Verse 57  Expanded Bible Comments

And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
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Verse 58  Expanded Bible Comments

But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
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Verse 59  Expanded Bible Comments

Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
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Verse 60  Expanded Bible Comments

But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
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Verse 61  Expanded Bible Comments

And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
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Verse 62  Expanded Bible Comments

And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
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Verse 63  Expanded Bible Comments

But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
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Verse 64  Expanded Bible Comments

Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
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Verse 65  Expanded Bible Comments

Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
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Verse 66  Expanded Bible Comments

What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
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Verse 67  Expanded Bible Comments

Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
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Verse 68  Expanded Bible Comments

Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
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[69] Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. [70] But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. [71] And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. [72] And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. [73] And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. [74] Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. [75] And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Verse 69  Expanded Bible Comments

Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
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Verse 70  Expanded Bible Comments

But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
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Verse 71  Expanded Bible Comments

And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
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Verse 72  Expanded Bible Comments

And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
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Verse 73  Expanded Bible Comments

And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
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Verse 74  Expanded Bible Comments

Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
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Verse 75  Expanded Bible Comments

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
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